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The GSH helps students access funding for postgraduate research by announcing calls for funding and evaluating applications. In this regard, it collaborates with both the Fees and Funding Division in the Client Service Centre and Research Grants Management within the Department of Research and Innovation Support. In 2015, UP researchers and research partners were successful in securing R407 million from external funders. Research grants, including funding from the NRF and the Medical Research Council (MRC) and other funders, amounted to R149 million. Research contracts from national partners and sponsors totalled R122 million. International funders provided support to the amount of R110 million. All funding opportunities are available in the index to postgraduate funding.


Closed Call for

Scholarship and Fellowship Holders

 Travel Grants 2018

Applicant’s Submission Deadline: 30 November 2018

The National Research Foundation links travel grants to specific postgraduate and postdoctoral funding instruments. This is a closed call which is limited to current NRF grantholders of the below Funding Instruments.

-           Freestanding Master’s, Doctoral and Postdoctoral

-           Innovation Master’s, Doctoral and Postdoctoral

-           Scarce Skills Master’s, Doctoral and Postdoctoral

-           NRF-TWAS Doctoral and Postdoctoral

-           Green Economy Postdoctoral

Current NRF grantholders are invited to submit applications in accordance with the eligibility criteria, as set out in the Scholarship and Fellowship Holders Travel Grant Guideline for 2018. For more information please view the attached documents or visit the NRF website at


  1. Scholarship and Fellowship Holders Travel Grant Guideline
  2. Travel Grant Application Guide
  3. Travel Grant Declaration

Applications must be submitted electronically via the NRF’s Online Submission System at

For queries relating to the NRF Online Submission proces, please contact Ms Mpho Maithufi
Email: [email protected] (Postdocs) and [email protected] (Postgraduates)


















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